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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Articles Highlighting Centennial's Farm to School Program

Centennial is Loving Local Lunches

Every Wednesday starting on March 6, Dining Services has been creating a new lunch entrĂ©e that features healthy, fresh, local ingredients.  We have tried all natural chicken breast in a panko parmesan coating, amazing asparagus, local beef from GrassKickin Farms, cod filets from Flying Fish company and local natural turkey form Willamette Valley meat company and Grasskickin farms, Oregon red potatoes and lots more!  We have tried 5 new entrees and if you missed them the first time we are serving them all one more time! 

o   April 17 – All natural chicken breast in a panko Parmesan breading served with roasted asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes, and Oregon pear. All natural chicken breast form Willamette Valley Meat.

o   April 24 – Baked fish filet served with lemon and seasonings, served with roasted OR red potatoes.  Local, sustainable seafood from Flying Fish Co.

o   May 1 – Beef Stroganoff served with a spinach salad.  Beef from our local farmer, Farmer Shane, at Grasskickin Farms.

o   May 8 – New fashioned all natural white meat Turkey meatloaf.  Served in a muffin-style for easy eatin. 

o   May 15 – Turkey lo mien with snap peas. All natural turkey from Grasskickin Farms. 

Some entrees may change slightly as the growing season changes!  Our Harvest of the Month special for April is Oregon red potatoes and Oregon Pears.  Our Harvest for the Month for May will be Local berries! 

To encourage students to also learn about the growing process and nutrition behind the new lunches, Dining Services has been holding a poster contest for students, classes, and clubs who create posters highlighting healthy foods they love.  Classes and clubs that submit will receive a raised bed garden kit fir their school’s use with gardening compost, soil, and tool support from the ODE grant funds!  This poster contest ends soon so send your submissions to Julie Mack at CMS.  The posters will be used for nutrition promotions throughout the District. 

Keep your eyes open for new menu options and nutrition promotions coming soon to a school near you. Tell you Cafeteria staff thanks for all their amazing work and have a great Local Lunch!